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Work starts on new £1m Gibraltar Point visitor centre

A spectacular new £1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve will begin to take shape over the coming months.

Artist's impression of new Gibraltar Point visitor centre

Work has started on the brand new building, which will include a café and educational information.

It replaces the former visitor centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The new building will be raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

"This is an opportunity to make Gibraltar Point even more attractive to visitors - an opportunity we intend to take full advantage of.

"The new visitor centre has been designed to make the most of the reserve's stunning views, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, and a rooftop viewing deck.

"Combined with the new North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards, this improved attraction will help extend the traditional tourist season on the coast, providing a significant boost to the local economy."

– Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development. Lincolnshire County Council

The council has developed the ambitious plans in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who will continue to run the site.

"We have worked with the county council at Gibraltar Point for over 65 years, and look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.

"Gibraltar Point has been popular for generations - the new centre will hopefully encourage more visitors to discover this wonderful reserve."

– Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

GCSE pass rate triples at Hull school

A school in Hull has seen its GCSE pass rate triple in the past year. Thomas Ferens Academy, which was once in special measures, is now on course to be one of the most improved in the country. Its success continues to build on the reversal of fortunes in a City which, for many years, lagged towards the bottom of the Education league tables. Meanwhile for thousands of other teenagers the anxious wait is finally over. Although from this year, school won't be out forever, as students now have to stay in some form of education or training until they're 18. Adam Fowler reports.


GCSE results on the up for Hull

At least 46.5% of students in Hull have achieved five A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths, compared to 45% last year.

Celebratory food and drink at the ready at Thomas Ferens Academy in Hull for GCSE students

I would like to congratulate each and every student who has worked tirelessly to achieve these amazing results. Their hard work has paid off!

My thanks go out to the schools, academies and families across the city who have all played their part to encourage and support during their education. It is very important that we recognise the quality of teaching and the state-of-the-art facilities in Hull that provide an environment where students can flourish and achieve the very best.

– Cllr Rosie Nicola
Teachers wait to hand out results in Hull
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A breakdown of GCSE results by English region

Official figures have revealed how the English regions fared in terms of their GCSE results this year.

London achieved the highest percentage of A* and A grades in England. Credit: JCQ
  • North-east England saw the biggest year-on-year rise in the number of candidates receiving grade C or above.
  • East Midlands and south-east England were the only two regions to show a fall in the number of candidates receiving grade C or above.
  • London showed the biggest rise in candidates getting A* or A
  • South-east England showed the greatest fall.
Improvements at grade A*-A and A*-C by English region 2014-2015 Credit: JCQ


Summer drink and drug drive campaign nets 99 drivers

Summer campaign

Humberside Police say this summer's drink and drug drive campaign resulted in 99 motorists being classed as positive - or refusing or failing to provide a sample.

During the campaign 387 breath tests were carried out following collisions on the roads of Humberside and a further 1599 were carried out on drivers who were stopped by police officers.

Officers say they are pleased with the number of tip-offs from people suspecting someone of drink driving.

Humberside Police Casualty Reduction Officer Barry Gardner; "We asked that anyone who suspected someone of drink driving through the period of the campaign, to call us. I was pleased with the result of this appeal and this intelligence-led approach helped us act on the information we receive."

Sensory play centre opens in Dewsbury

A mother from Dewsbury has 'achieved her dream' and opened a walk in multi-sensory play centre for children and adults including those with disabilities.

Credit: ITV News

Linda Holmes who's adult son is disabled, set up 'Sensory World' in the town centre. Believed to be the first of its kind in the region, 1,500 people have used the centre since opening it opened in April; a third of the users are people with special needs.

My dream was to try and help other parents that are going through the same things as I have, so they can bring their children and play and anybody can use the centre.

We have adults coming here with learning difficulties and it just makes me happy everyday when I see another face coming through and another face smiling when they go out.

– Linda Holmes
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